School’s out for the summer! And while that usually means trips to the beach and some extra time of work, most of us had summer plans that came to a screeching halt because of COVID-19. Whether it was a vacation, a wedding, a family reunion, or just plans to be a tourist in your own city, we’ve all had to recalibrate and rethink how we’ll spend our summer days and nights.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun! In fact, we think it simply means you should bring the vacation vibes to your home! How might you do that, you ask? Well, simply think of your favorite travel destinations, and let those be a starting point for some travel-inspired home decor updates this summer! (Perhaps you even want to reallocate some of your travel funds into home decor updates??)

To spark some ideas, we’ve rounded up some of our team’s favorite travel destinations—along with summer travel decorations inspired by each location. Ready? Let’s hit the road. It’s time to kick off your stay-at-home summer with some travel-inspired room decor!

Travel inspired room decor

Countryside Retreat

How idyllic does it sound to escape to the English countryside right now, with its rolling green hills, wildflower gardens, and ancient stone cottages? The countryside retreat may have to wait, but you can definitely bring those relaxing vibes into your travel inspired home decor.

Start by mixing antiques—or pieces with an antique vibe—with classic elements and natural textures. Wood finishes should feel weathered and rustic, and a light color palette of pastels and neutrals will help drive home that countryside vibe. Though, we love pops of blue to help ground the look! Layer in some traditional patterns, like gingham or soft floral prints, and finish things off with pops of fresh florals, just like you’d find in a countryside garden. (Bonus points if you cut them from your own garden!)

Easy updates to get the look:

Swap an accent chair or coffee table with a weathered wood one that you find at a vintage or antique shop for an eclectic cottage feel.

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Travel inspired room decor

Tropical Beach Resort

Craving some time at a beach resort? Work in some subtle tropical beach themes into your home decor instead. Start by thinking of the colors and materials that you might see on an island getaway. Then, embrace that laid back, coastal feeling with beach-inspired artwork, woven materials and textures (like raw wood, jute, and rattan), and bold pops of color. And definitely make sure you include foliage in your space for those tropical beach resort vibes! Palms are always a win, but big, bold leaves like elephant ear banana leaves add a fun sculptural element to your space.

Above, we went for a more subtle beach resort vibe, and stuck with more of a blue color palette—but you could also go bold tropical with pinks and greens and fun global prints! Either way, we love the idea of incorporating travel-inspired home decor like the Palma Pendant, pictured here—it’s a sure way to imbue any space with island vibes! And don’t forget to set out some travel books so your mind can wander.

Easy updates to get the look:

Introduce a few key pieces of foliage such as palm trees and leaves. If you’re not in a climate to support those plants, go faux!

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Travel inspired room decor

Desert Spa Oasis

There’s nothing like a spa retreat to the desert southwest to rejuvenate your soul and your skin! While we don’t recommend recreating an at-home mud bath, you can bring the desert spa vibes home. Start with a rich color palette of high-contrast neutrals. Think: warm browns and clay reds inspired by the arid southwestern landscape. Sleek furniture adds to that spa-like vibe.

Layer in organic, boho prints in the pillows, rug, and art—with patterns and textures that recall the geography of the desert. Finally, subtle sourthwetern accents and a few potted succulents or cacti will really set the mood!

Easy updates to get the look:

Pare down your color palette so it’s rooted in textured neutrals. Add a diffuser so you can pump lavender and eucalyptus oil through the air. Then, may we suggest, an at-home facial?

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Modern Mountain Getaway

If a getaway to a mountain lodge in Lake Tahoe or the Rockies is more your speed, then this one’s for you. You know there’s nothing like the lush greens found on the mountainside in the summer. So, channel that vibrant but serene palette in your space.

Neutral textures and floral prints further evoke the feeling of lush forest growth. Rustic furniture pieces that have a modern feel are a perfect add—specifically, a gray tone wood finish, which helps recall the rockiness of the mountain. All set? Don’t forget to pamper yourself with 5-star hotel treatment. A tray with cocktails creates the perfect DIY mini bar!

Easy ways to get the look:

Introduce green into your space, either through a total room makeover with fresh wall paint, indoor plants, or with pops of green in art and accessories for an earthy vibe.

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Travel inspired room decor

Coastal Beach House Vacation

There’s something about the idea of a beach house in Nantucket that feels like the most classic and dreamy place to spend your summer, don’t you think? Alas, maybe next summer! In the meantime, infuse your home with coastal decor and those beach vacation vibes.

Start with a palette of blues and seafoam greens, paired with neutral hues. This will create a calming backdrop and draw your mind to the sea and the sand. Can’t you almost taste the salty air?? Then, incorporate sea-themed home decor, like coral prints or sculptures. Now grab a book, put your feet up, and pretend you’re on vacation!

Easy updates to get the look:

Add a few pops of blues and greens through your throw pillows for a subtle beachy feel. Drive home the beachy vibes with travel-inspired home decor—like using a large shell as a decorative object on your coffee table or replacing a table lamp with the white coral number pictured above.

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